Will a GFCI or AFCI circuit breaker trip if it only sees a return current on the neutral that is from another circuit due to crossed neutrals in a Jbox.
For example, the GFCI circuit feeds bathroom receptacles but does not have any load on it, however the neutral of this circuit has been crossed with a non protected circuit in the same junction box, with out any load on the GFCI will it trip if it sees a return current on the neutral that is from another circuit?
In fact one of the the most common source of mystery AFCI trips is a short from neutral to ground, essentially the same thing. You have some phase current going out that is not matched by the neutral current coming back.
A GFCI is really a pretty simple device. There is a small transformer in there (sensing coil) with the "hot" wound one way(top pair of green wires) and the "neutral" wound the other way (bottom pair of green wires. That is the primary. If the current is exactly the same they cancel, there is no flux in the core and the secondary winding has zero volts. Any difference shows up as a secondary voltage and the device trips.